Girls On The Run: Empowering Fitness In Young Women…And Catching Some Baseball!
By kncitom on August 2, 2018
By Tom Mailey
I may not be the best athlete, but now, even at 54, I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. I’m not perfect, but since I was a teenager I’ve tried to maintain at least a minimum level of fitness through hitting the gym, or playing basketball, or running. And I think it’s paid off. Knock wood, but I feel great: my blood pressure and vitals and all that stuff are good, and I can do things spur-the-moment like go on hikes or walk a city for an entire day and not have to worry if I’m going to have the stamina. Maintaining good exercise and eating habits is something my wife and I have instilled in our (now-grown) two sons and daughter, too. And so far, they all seem to be doing pretty well in both departments. Our boys love the gym and the occasional pickup games of basketball or soccer. Our daughter is a chronic hiker in the hills of L.A.
Fitness from an early age is important…which is why I love an organization like Girls On The Run. They are a non-profit dedicated to encouraging and empowering young women to develop essential health and fitness skills not just for now, but for life. It’s a sad fact but 62% of all girls in America today feel insecure about themselves and their bodies. Being fit means being healthy, and being healthy means being able to handle more of what life has to throw at you. It also means improved self-esteem and mental acuity, and yes, the occasional bowl of ice cream without any of the associated guilt!
But, like all non-profits, they gotta raise funds. That’s where you come in.
Girls on the Run is planning a night out with the Rivercats. It’s coming up this Friday, August 10th, as the Rivercats take on the El Paso Chihuahuas. Game time is 7:05 and the evening will be topped off with a Raley Field fireworks display! Ticket prices are $20 each or $15 each for Lawn Section seating. And all tickets purchased will directly benefit the scholarship fund that makes it possible for more girls to participate in this life-changing program.